Exclusive

Secondary schools will stay CLOSED until September say scientific advisors

10 May 2020, 14:09 | Updated: 10 May 2020, 14:21

By Seán Hickey

A top government advisor exclusively told LBC that secondary schools are likely to remain closed until September.

LBC's Westminster correspondent Ben Kentish revealed a SAGE committee member has told him that it is unlikely that secondary schools will open before summer.

Ben told Maajid live on air that there is "a lot of pessimism about secondary schools opening this side of the summer holidays" especially from government scientific advisors.

He added that the scientific advisors have hinted that there are plans in place to open earlier however. "They're looking at opening primary schools before summer holidays" he announced.

Government advisors recommended that government open primary schools on a "one week on, one week off basis" but have come under criticism by ministers for the logistics of the decision.

Top government scientific advisors told LBC that secondary schools probably won't reopen until the next academic year
Top government scientific advisors told LBC that secondary schools probably won't reopen until the next academic year. Picture: PA

"Ministers may have decided for parents this isn't practical" Ben said he has been told.

Our Westminster correspondent told Maajid that advisors could see a "real risk at opening schools before September" as it may lead to a surge in coronavirus cases in schools and could lead to a second wave.

Ben concluded that although he has received this information, it could have been completely ignored. The work of the government's scientific advisors is only advisory, he reminded Maajid and insisted that "we have to wait until tonight to see what has been decided."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host this evening's briefing on how the UK will ease lockdown at 7pm and you can listen live on LBC.

Listen & subscribe: Global Player | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify

More Maajid Nawaz

See more More Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz blasts No10's alleged double standards on Covid rules

Maajid Nawaz blasts No10's alleged double standards on Covid rules

Maajid Nawaz's powerful reaction to 'woke' Christmas ban

Maajid Nawaz's powerful reaction to 'woke' Christmas ban

'Want to stop channel crossings? Stop invading foreign countries'

'Want to stop channel crossings? Stop invading foreign countries'

Maajid Nawaz: 'Tory sleaze the Achilles heel of government'

Maajid Nawaz: 'Tory sleaze the Achilles heel of government'

Exclusive
Whistleblower exposes UN leaks of Chinese dissident information

Whistleblower exposes UN leaks of Chinese dissident information

Maajid Nawaz hits back at Prince Charles' climate-call on the private sector

Maajid Nawaz hits back at Prince Charles' climate call on the private sector

Maajid Nawaz defends Jesy Nelson in 'blackfishing' row

Maajid Nawaz defends Jesy Nelson in 'blackfishing' row

Maajid Nawaz: Vetting voters for MP meetings 'further alienates' Brits

Maajid Nawaz: Vetting voters for MP meetings 'further alienates' Brits

Maajid Nawaz: 'Muslims in Southend-on-Sea know and love Sir David Amess'

Maajid Nawaz: Muslims in Southend-on-Sea know and love Sir David Amess

Iain Dale: Make Southend a city to honour Sir David Amess

Iain Dale: Make Southend a city to honour Sir David Amess

Maajid Nawaz backs calls to grant asylum seekers right to work

Maajid Nawaz backs calls to grant asylum seekers right to work

Chinese invasion of Taiwan will spark 'global conflict', Maajid Nawaz fears

Chinese invasion of Taiwan will spark 'global conflict', Maajid Nawaz fears

Maajid Nawaz: Jab deadline for care home workers will 'trigger' winter 'plan B'

Maajid Nawaz: Jab deadline for care home workers will 'trigger' winter 'plan B'

Maajid Nawaz: Troop deployment shows govt 'has monumentally failed' Britain

Maajid Nawaz: Troop deployment shows govt 'has monumentally failed' Britain

Maajid Nawaz: It's 'wrong' for Remainers to say 'I told you so' about lorry driver shortage

Maajid Nawaz: It's wrong for Remainers to say 'I told you so' about lorry driver shortage

Maajid Nawaz clashes with caller 'pinning' HGV driver shortage on Brexit

Maajid Nawaz clashes with caller 'pinning' HGV driver shortage on Brexit